More than any other question, this is the one I find myself asked over and over again. I meet someone new or run into an old friend, and the conversation often goes something like this:
“Where do you work?”
“The Salvation Army!”
“Oh wow, that’s so cool! So what do you guys do?”
And truthfully, I love that question. Rather than just leaving the conversation at the name of my workplace, I get the opportunity to share the mission, vision, and services of The Salvation Army. Unfortunately, I don’t get to have run-ins with every single person in Northwest Arkansas, and not everyone I’m meeting asks about my work, and even if they do, sometimes the conversation just ends with “Oh wow, that’s so cool”. So it truly feels like a privilege when the conversation makes it to the question, “who are you, anyway?”
Thank you for asking!
I would love to tell you.
Over the next several weeks, we want to invite you into a conversation, as if we were just meeting. We can tell you who we are and what we do, and you can even ask your questions! Reach out to us via Twitter or Facebook and ask the questions I’m sure you have about who we are. Our officers and staff will read them and answers will be posted the final week of the series! We want you, our community, to truly understand the work that we do and the reasons we are passionate about it.
So this week will start with simply explaining our mission statement.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
That is what we live by here. The Salvation Army desires to meet the needs of the hurting and broken in our community through the love of Jesus Christ. He loved the poor and destitute, the sinful and broken, addicts and cheaters, the alienated and abandoned, those ignored because of their status and outcast because of their past. He welcomed all to receive healing, physical and spiritual, from the things in their lives that sought to overwhelm and tear them down. And Jesus hasn’t changed. He still welcomes all to experience life, joy and restoration through Him. Now, don’t get me wrong. That can be really messy. In fact, it usually is. Drug addictions don’t stop in one day; homelessness is not eradicated with two shelters; and the problem of hunger has not been resolved. But messes do not have to be without hope. And that’s what we believe- that everyone truly has hope for healing, renewal, and life through one man who gave His life for us.
Join us this next month and meet some amazing people as they tell stories of grace, redemption, restoration, and hope for their lives and the lives of our community.
Come find out “Who we are, anyway!”